One of the best parts of the first week of a tennis Major is when something special is brewing away from the big show courts. On day two of the 2014 US Open, Court 6 was the site of high drama. Catherine Cartan Bellis, also known as CiCi Bellis, became the youngest player since Anna Kournikova in 1996 to win a match in the main draw. The 15-year old Bellis, an amateur ranked 1208 in the world, upset the 12th seed and finalist in this year’s Australian Open, Dominika Cibulkova. It was Catherine’s first ever match against a player in the top 100. Wow. And CiCi didn’t just beat a top player having a sloppy error-prone day. Bellis was lacing winners all over the court. The 2014 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion and 2nd ranked junior in the world looked like she was the veteran top 10 player. By the third set, as many people as could squeeze around the tiny court had assembled to see if she could finish off Cibulkova. It was shaky early in the third when Bellis was broken and fell behind 1-3. But she continued to feed off the crowd, hitting herself back into the set, breaking back twice and completing the upset, 6-1 4-6 6-4.
from 2011…Junior Orange Bowl
While one of this year’s finalists at the Australian Open saw her US Open end in the first round, it was smooth sailing for the two Wimbledon finalists. Eugenie Bouchard was a cover girl for the New York Times Magazine this week, so a first round exit would have been a bitter pill to swallow. No worries. Genie took out Olga Govortsova, 2 and 1. It hasn’t been a good summer for Bouchard since Wimbledon, but she seems to rise to the occasion in big events. The woman who beat her in the Wimbledon final, Petra Kvitova, picked up where she left off last week in winning New Haven. Kristina Mladenovic was was seen as a possible first round test for Petra. If that were the case, Kvitova aced the test. Petra demolished Mladenovic, 6-1 6-0, serving up a tasty New York style bagel in the final set. Petra and young American Madison Keys could meet in the third round if each gets through their second round matches. With all respect to their opponents, I hope they do. We could find out a lot about where each of them are in terms of being a real threat to win this event.
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1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 6-3 6-1 vs Taylor Townsend)
3 PETRA KVITOVA (won 6-1 6-0 vs Kristina Mladenovic)
7 EUGENIE BOUCHARD (won 6-2 6-1 vs Olga Govortsova)
8 ANA IVANOVIC (won 6-3 6-0 vs Alison Riske)
CATHERINE BELLIS (won 6-1 4-6 6-4 vs 12 Dominika Cibulkova)